Chautauqua County Declares State Of Emergency

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MAYVILLE, NY (WNY News Now) – County Executive PJ Wendel has declared a state of emergency for Chautauqua County in response to the influx of migrants coming to New York State. 

The County Executive has been deliberating the proclamation, finally declaring a state of emergency in Chautauqua County as migrants are bussing into the state.

“We issued a state of emergency here in Chautauqua County,“ explained Executive Wendel. “It’s something we talked about the past two or three days. We’ve been watching it, I met with our Human Services cabinet, we reached out to people who are currently working with our asylum seekers, and they flat told me that the people who have boots on the ground said we can’t take it anymore. You have to tell them no if the question is asked if you would take more individuals.”     

All of this is on the heels of Title 42, stopping immigrants at the border, which has come to an end. The migrants are not capable of being employed due to state and federal standards.

“I don’t think there is a problem here in Chautauqua County,“ stated Executive Wendel. “Because they do want to work, they have a skill set, some of them are highly educated, they want to work, they want to provide for themselves.”

With an influx of asylum seekers the problem is growing exponentially.  

“We have been dealing with asylum seekers in our county without any assistance from state or federal agencies now for six months,“ explained Executive Wendel. 

Moving forward, the County Executive would like to see changes come from the state and federal levels.

“It’s a failed policy,“ stated Executive Wendel. “The Governor has to stand in front of the President and demand one, stop the bleeding. Stop the excessive flow of people coming across the border. That has to happen.”     

Tuesday New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced a state of emergency. In addition, all counties in Western New York except for Erie County have now followed suit.


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